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Wearing Gold in Turkey
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, in Turkey being an outsider means that you'll probably be dealt with much more leniently for not knowing the social norms etc. Even sometimes the coppers on the street will be softer on a foreigner than a local. Depends what order of mischief you are up to.

Usually the worst thing that happens to unwitting foreigners in Turkey is that they are conned into buying a vastly over-priced carpet.
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Qaaolchoura



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:

Usually the worst thing that happens to unwitting foreigners in Turkey is that they are conned into buying a vastly over-priced carpet.

Really? Every Turk who's ever tried to sell me a carpet has told me they're offering me a very good price. At cost even, because they want me to tell my friends. Wink

~Q
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget the aged mother ailing in hospital in dire need of expensive surgery...
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sixthchild



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So we can perhaps be forgiven for thinking that you have lots of carpets at home then Q?

Wearing gold on the street is ok, but lets be honest guys, it is exceedingly naff! Do you want to look like a maganda or some cheap floozie?
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends how it is done. I think that rather large golden hoop earrings are the height of elegance!
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sixthchild



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too much of that yellow metal makes you look like a gypsy, or worse!
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oipivo



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"They will be harsher with you and you will be made an example of should you wish to go so far as break laws and so on."

Generally I totally agree with you, but this isn't the case in Turkey. The police are not so nice to Turks, but exceptionally polite and helpful to foreigners in need.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I know, and this was just hearsay even at the time of hearing, back in the 1990s the police were 're-trained' to stop harassing foreigners and tourists. Was damaging the tourist industry.
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